Jerry Anderson became president of Ball State on July 1, 1979, at age forty-five. Previously, he had served as Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Andersons initiatives included adoption and implementation of a university-wide planning process, establishment of a compensation program that contained merit and market components, decentralization of decision-making, and promotion of research and scholarship by the faculty. Anderson resigned after only 18 months as president.
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